2012 Jeep Compass

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What's New for 2012:
- Latitude option package now designated as a separate trim

Exterior Features
The Jeep Compass is a smaller, sportier version of the Jeep Patriot, and is built to handle rougher terrain. Following an extensive restyling for the 2011 model year, the Compass carries over with few changes in 2012. The Compass' profile more closely resembles a traditional station wagon than the original Jeep and its descendants. The Compass is available in Sport, Latitude, and Limited trims. The Sport features 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, and roof rails; the Limited features 18-inch wheels.

Interior Features
The standard interior features of the Jeep Compass Sport trim include a 4-speaker sound system, air conditioning, and some power accessories. The Latitude trim upgrades the seats (heated front seat and fold-down passenger seat) and adds leather to the steering wheel. The Limited trim includes a power driver's seat, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, satellite radio, and an upgraded sound system. Maximum cargo area volume comes to 22.7 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and 53.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down.

Optional Features
Most options are offered in package form and include a sunroof, security alarm, extra air bags, remote ignition, satellite radio, upgraded sound system, navigation system, and an extensive off-road package that offers towing equipment.

Under the Hood
The base Jeep Compass employs front-wheel drive (FWD) with a standard 5-speed manual transmission (continuously variable transmission is optional) and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 158 horsepower. All other Compass trim levels feature a 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder 172-horsepower engine. Four-wheel drive (4WD) is available on all trims.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy figures for the 2012 Jeep Compass are:
- Compass with 2.0-liter engine and CVT: 21/27/24 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Compass with 2.0-liter engine and manual transmission: 23/29/25 mpg
- Compass with 2.4-liter engine and manual transmission: 23/28/25 mpg
- Compass with 2.4-liter engine, 4WD and CVT: 20/23/21 mpg

Standard safety features on the Jeep Compass include anti-lock brakes, stability control, traction control, rollover sensor, and side curtain air bags. Front side air bags are optional.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2012 Jeep Compass received  (out of 5) stars for rollover protection. To date, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not tested the 2012 Jeep Compass.


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  • Name Latitude (FWD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio MSRP 21695.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
  • Name Latitude (4WD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio MSRP 23445.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/23
  • Name Sport (4WD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio MSRP 21045.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/26
  • Name Sport (FWD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio MSRP 19295.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/28
  • Name Limited (FWD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio MSRP 24295.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 21/27
  • Name Limited (4WD 4dr) Transmission Continuously Variable Ratio MSRP 26045.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 20/23
  • Premium cloth bucket seats
  • Driver seat height adjuster
  • Heated front seats
  • Active front head restraints
  • Front passenger fold-flat forward seat
  • 60/40 folding rear seat
  • Sliding armrest
  • Full length floor console
  • Illuminated cupholders
  • Carpeted floor
  • Luxury front & rear floor mats
  • Tilt steering column
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Instrument cluster -inc: tachometer, outside temp display
  • Bright interior accents
  • Pwr windows w/driver 1-touch feature
  • Speed sensitive pwr door locks
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Speed control
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Remote start
  • Sentry Key theft deterrent system
  • Air conditioning
  • Air filtration
  • Rear seat heat ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • 12-volt aux pwr outlet
  • 115-volt aux pwr outlet
  • Passenger assist handles
  • Sliding visors w/vanity mirrors
  • Front dome light
  • Map/dome reading lights
  • Rechargeable/removable lamp
  • Illuminated entry
  • Folding flat load floor storage
  • leather-trimmed front bucket seats
  • 6-way pwr driver seat
  • Driver seat lumbar adjust
  • 60/40 split reclining rear bench seat
  • Vehicle information center
  • Silver interior accents
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Air conditioning w/auto climate control
  • Auto dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake handle
  • 17" x 6.5" aluminum wheels
  • P215/60R17 all-season touring BSW tires
  • Compact spare tire
  • Bright side roof rails
  • Body color fascias
  • Lower bodyside accent cladding
  • Body color grille w/chrome accent
  • Halogen headlamps
  • Front fog lamps
  • Deep-tint sunscreen glass
  • Solar control glass
  • Fold-away heated pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Rear window wiper/washer
  • Liftgate door w/fixed glass
  • Body color liftgate applique
  • Body color door handles
  • 18" x 7.0" aluminum wheels
  • P215/55R18 all-season performance BSW tires
  • Body color fascias w/bright insert
  • 2.0L DOHC 16V I4 dual-VVT engine
  • Continuously variable transaxle II -inc: Autostick auto trans, tip start
  • Front wheel drive
  • 525-amp maintenance-free battery
  • 120-amp alternator
  • Touring suspension
  • Rear stabilizer bar
  • Firm feel pwr steering
  • 2.4L DOHC 16V I4 dual-VVT engine
  • 4 wheel drive
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Hill start assist
  • Bright exhaust tip
    • Anti-lock front disc brakes/rear drum brakes
    • Brake assist
    • Electronic stability program w/roll mitigation
    • Next gen driver/front passenger advanced multistage airbags -inc: occupant sensors
    • Front & rear side curtain airbags
    • Front height adjust seat belts
    • Front passenger seat belt alert
    • Tire pressure monitoring warning
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
    • Tire pressure monitoring display
    • Media center 130 -inc: AM/FM stereo, CD/MP3 player
    • (4) speakers
    • Audio input jack
    • Fixed mast antenna
    • Media center 230 -inc: AM/FM stereo w/6-disc CD/DVD/MP3 changer
    • SIRIUS satellite radio w/1-year subscription

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